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Les Siècles

François-Xavier Roth | direction

A one-hour concert on the theme of The Arabian Nights with commentary by François-Xavier Roth.

Shérérazade
Costumes de Shérérazade par Leon Bakst, Programme officiel des Ballets Russes - DR
François-Xavier Roth
François-Xavier Roth © Mark Allen

Programme

THE ARABIAN NIGHTS
Rimski-Korsakov  Sheherazade (excerpts)
Stravinsky  Les Orientales (excerpts)

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In this hour-long event, two pieces by Rimsky-Korsakov and Stravinsky will be enriched with explanations and listening notes by conductor François-Xavier Roth. He offers a journey to the land of The Arabian Nights with Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov. In these pieces, one of the “hits” of Russian symphonic music repertoire, Rimsky-Korsakov, an inspired orchestrator and master to Stravinsky, invites us to embark on a journey filled with a wealth of sparkling colours, tones and rhythms. Following the success of the Ballets Russes Paris season in 1909, Serge Diaghilev’s thoughts turned to a ballet based on the Russian tale The Firebird. After considering approaching Liadov for the score, he gave the commission to Stravinsky, who was 27 years old at the time. On 25 June 1910, the work was performed at the Opéra de Paris to great acclaim. In order to give you an exhaustive appreciation of the talent of the young Stravinsky, François-Xavier Roth and his musicians from Les Siècles, with assistance from the musicologist François Dru, have reconstructed the ballet Les Orientales, which was also premiered on 25 June 1910, as a prelude to The Firebird

Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Les Siècles

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